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Salaam and Ramadhan Mubabrak to everyone, I am pregnant and due any day now, and my midwife has told me not to fast as I will not have the energy to go into labour. Do I take her advice or ignore her? Also, do I pay money to the poor or do have to make up the missed fasts once I am able to? Please advise as I am really confused. I haven’t kept any, apart from the first two, but I feel really guilty. It feels really wrong not to be fasting when everyone else is. Thank you.

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Salaam and Ramadhan Mubabrak to everyone,
I am pregnant and due any day now, and my midwife has told me not to fast as I will not have the energy to go into labour.
Do I take her advice or ignore her? Also, do I pay money to the poor or do have to make up the missed fasts once I am able to?
Please advise as I am really confused. I haven’t kept any, apart from the first two, but I feel really guilty. It feels really wrong not to be fasting when everyone else is.
Thank you.

Answer
Bismihi Ta’ala

It is advisable that you should avoid fasting during the later stages of pregnancy to avoid putting the chid in any form of danger and to be in a stable state. Fasting may weaken her.

However, the woman must make up for the missed fasts once she has recovered from this state, and to pay money to the poor is not a solution.

And Allah knows best.

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Mufti Yaseen Shaikh

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